Beijing officials said on Monday that Chinese regulators had convened representatives of American electric car giant Tesla after reporting technical problems in American cars, especially in terms of safety.
The news was released a few months after two recalls of the company’s cars in China, the world’s largest auto market.
The State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement: “Consumers have cited many issues related to abnormal acceleration, battery fires and remote update systems.”
The regulator said: “They are required to strictly abide by Chinese laws and regulations” to “guarantee public safety” and “consumer rights.”
More detailed information about the failures not reported.
Tesla said in a statement that it had accepted “guidance” from the authorities and added that it was “in-depth introspection on the shortcomings of the company’s business.”
The statement added: “It will comprehensively strengthen its inspection and control.”
He said: “We will take systematic control measures to ensure that consumer rights are protected…and in the future make greater contributions to the active and healthy development of China’s new energy vehicle market.”
Tesla established a third factory in the coastal city of Shanghai in 2019. The electric car giant seeks to capitalize on China’s ambitious goals in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
But the company, led by the temperamental billionaire Elon Musk, faces daunting challenges in China.
In October last year, it was forced to recall nearly 30,000 vehicles in China due to suspension of power.
In the following month, Tesla announced the recall of another 870 vehicles, this time related to faulty roofs.
Also last month, the company was forced to recall 135,000 vehicles in the United States to repair computer memory failures, saying that this may pose a safety risk.
Regulators’ problems have hardly weakened the company’s profitability-CEO Musk became the world’s richest man last month, with an estimated wealth of US$185 billion (approximately Rs 1,134.87 crore), as Tesla’s stock price is higher Friday rose 9 times in the past year.
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